As a caveat to what lies ahead in this post: I am NOT a doctor, and the information presented here should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or naturopath before embarking on an intense detox regimen like the one presented below. Also, the products I recommend are products that I have used or am currently using with success, I am not being paid to recommend them (although, I wouldn’t object!).
Welcome to Part Three of my series on detoxification. If you haven’t been following along, I encourage you to check out Part One and Part Two of this series, as there is some super helpful information on detoxing, especially if you are healing from Lyme or another chronic illness. Today, we are covering the benefits of using infrared light rays to induce sweating and to mobilize toxins that are embedded deeply in our bodies.
Sweating is one of the best methods for mobilizing and clearing large amounts of toxins quickly. While exercising is an excellent way to detox via working up a good sweat, this kind of exercise isn’t ways possible for those with certain illnesses.
But don’t worry because infrared saunas have you covered. Just a few minutes in a good infrared sauna can release toxins, such as heavy metals like mercury and lead, that are buried 6-7 inches deep into the skin. In addition to releasing toxins, infrared heat increases circulation by stimulating the lymphatics, decreases pain, improves complexion, burns calories, and aids in relaxation. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
What’s the difference between an infrared sauna and the more popularized Swedish sauna?
The main difference between an infrared sauna and a traditional dry heat (Swedish) sauna is the heat setting. Since infrared waves travel deep into the body, less heat is required to induce a good sweat, therefore, longer sessions are much more easily tolerated by even heat sensitive individuals. Think of it this way- instead of heating you from the outside-in, infrared waves penetrate the skin and heat you from the inside-out. This allows you to tolerate a greater amount of heat for a longer period of time, making it possible to withstand the heat long enough to release gobs of toxins at once.
Another benefit of an infrared sauna is that it requires about one third of the energy to heat up as compared to a traditionally sauna, making it an energy efficient and Eco-friendly solution.
And lastly, because money matters, infrared saunas can be purchased in a portable form for a fraction of the cost of a traditional free-standing wooden sauna. So, what may seem like a large investment is actually one of the most cost effective detox therapies around.
The biomat is one of my favorite healing therapies, simply because it’s so soothing and relaxing to my tired, aching body. Although the biomat has become increasingly popular, especially amongst those in the chronic illness community, it’s not a tool that is widely used or understood by the general public. I really believe in the comfort of this therapy, and so I want to change that, starting with this post which explains what the biomat is and how it can be used. I hope you find it helpful!
What is it?
The biomat harnesses the healing energy or infrared light waves and amethyst crystals to soothe, detoxify, and heal the body. It has also been shown to be a useful tool in reducing stress, improving sleep quality, reducing inflammation, easing tension headaches and migraines, improving immune system function, and more. To use the biomat, you simply plug it in, select your setting, and lay on the mat for as long as you like. Many people choose to sleep on their biomats, as it is relaxing and improves sleep quality.
My favorite way to use the biomat is by lying on it during the day. When I’m not doing coffee enemas, detox baths, and high water enemas, I am basically confined to the couch due to severe body-wide pain. Sad, but true. I have found that the biomat helps to ease my severely aching and tense muscles while also drawing out toxins, which is a win-win in my book. I usually lay on my biomat from anywhere between 1-5 hours per day, or until I begin to feel ill from the detoxifying effects (most commonly my symptoms of detoxification are, nausea, an increase in headache, dizziness, and heart palpitations- I am not saying this will happen to everyone who uses the biomat, quite the contrary, I am only mentioning this for education purposes).
How does it work?
The biomat is essentially a body-length mat that is layered with amethyst crystals and, when plugged in, heats to various degrees ranging from a calming-barely-there warmth to a sweat-inducing kind of heat. Perhaps one of the most healing aspects of the mat is the technology that mitigates electromagnetic exposure.
What is electromagnetic pollution and why is it harmful to my health?
Remember the rumors in the early 2000’s that cell phone use gives you brain cancer? It turns out that they weren’t too far off. Electromagnetic currents are becoming harder and harder to avoid, and constant exposure to them via wifi, cell phone towers, microwaves, underground power lines, smart meters, and cordless phones can actually be detrimental to our health.
Inter-cellular communication (meaning cell-to-cell communication within our bodies) relies on innate electrical currents and vibrations. All living things carry a vibration, the earth has a vibration, even our words carry vibrational power. This isn’t voodoo magic, it’s science. When electromagnetic currents exist at such a high degree as they do today, it interrupts the inter-cellular communication, meaning that communication between cells becomes muffled, confused, and incorrect. This ever- increasing level of electromagnetic pollution could be to blame for sleep abnormalities, chronic illness, and even cancer. To learn more about EMF’s I encourage you to do your own research- this article is a good place to start.
In summary, I have found infrared light to be an incredibly useful addition to my healing regimen, and I would encourage anyone to explore this option for their numerous health benefits.
Kayla Denny is a Lyme survivor and advocate who devotes her current life to healing and leading others toward it. In her blog, JoyRises.com, she enjoys sharing her experiences, connecting with others, and advocating for Lyme patients. In addition to her blog, Kayla writes for Well-Scent, a boutique apothecary located in Austin, Texas. You can contact Kayla on her blog or at JoyArises@gmail.com.